FitzBradshaw Racing is a NASCAR team based in Mooresville, North Carolina, which is near Charlotte. The team is owned by Armando and Mimi Fitz and former National Football League (NFL) player and FOX Network commentator Terry Bradshaw. At the end of the 2001 season, they teamed up with Terry Bradshaw and formally created FitzBradshaw Racing.
At the end of the 2004 season FBR announced that it was partenering with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates which gave them access to more technicial and engineering support. In addition to the parternship they would also be switching manufacturers from Chevrolet to Dodge and would run the Charger.
Armando Fitz's team started as a two-car operation during the 2001. season. He and his wife, Mimi, purchased the team from his father-in-law and current Nextel Cup co-owner Felix Sabates. Due to sponsorship issues the #8 Chevrolet team only ran a partial season and finished with a 42nd place in the team owner points. Blaise Alexander began the season in the car, but after four races, the team cut back to a part-time schedule. Frank Kimmel, Jeff Falk, Michael Dokken, Jason Rudd, Mario Hernandez, Mark Voigt, and Josh Richeson all shared time in the car over the season, with the 8 team finishing 42nd in owner's points. Marty Houston drove the #11 at the beginning of the year, his best finish being a 13th at the NAPA Auto Parts 300, but he was replaced by Ron Hornaday after the Outback Steakhouse 300. Hornaday had two top-tens but was released before the season was over, and was replaced by Todd Bodine. He had one top-five in three races.
Car #12 history Edit
In 2002, the new FitzBradshaw signed sponsors Supercuts, 10-10-220, Hot Tamales, and Jani-King, and rookie driver Kerry Earnhardt. Earnhardt had two top-fives and finished 22nd in points. Earnhardt did not have a top-ten finish in 2003, and was released after the Tropicana Twister 300. Tim Fedewa replaced him for the balance of the season, finishing in the top-20 eight times. Fedewa had five top-tens in 2004, and finished sixteenth in points. Fedewa struggled in 2005, and did not finish in the top-ten, causing him to be released after Pikes Peak. Joel Kauffman, Paul Wolfe, Carlos Contreras, Kertus Davis, Sterling, and Steadman Marlin all shared the ride for the rest of the season.
In 2006, Kauffman has run nine out of twelve races for FitzBradshaw. He has yet to finish on the lead lap.
Car #14 history Edit
The team expanded to two cars in 2003 halfway through the season as the United States Navy came aboard to sponsor the #14. Casey Atwood debuted the car at Kentucky Speedway, bringing it home in 9th place. Atwood ran 11 races that year, posting four top-ten finishes. Atwood came back in 2004, and had seven top-tens, when he was dismissed after Lowe's. His immediate replacement was Dave Blaney for one race, before Ganassi development driver David Stremme. Stremme ran the #14 full-time in 2005, and had ten top-tens, finishing 13th in points, before moving up to compete in the NEXTEL Cup series.
His 2006 replacement was Tracy Hines, but Hines has sometimes alternated with other drivers.
Car #99 history Edit
What is now the #99 car made its debut in 2003 at the Tropicana Twister 300. It was the #82 Jani-King Chevy driven by Atwood, who finished 21st. Randy LaJoie drove the car again at Phoenix, finishing 14th. LaJoie continued to run the car part-time in 2004 with sponsorship from Goulds Pumps, his best finish being 13th at Las Vegas. In 2005, the team switched to #40 with sponsorship from Jani-King and Cottman Transmission. Sterling Marlin began the season with the team, with Carlos Contreras and Scott Lagasse Jr. filling in. Towards the end of the season, Contreras, Wolfe, and Erin Crocker got more starts in the car.
Winston Cup Edit
FitzBradshaw briefly ran a Cup operation. In 2002, they announced they would field the #83 RacingUSA.com/Aarons with Earnhardt driving. Earnhardt failed in each of his attempts, but Hornaday qualifed for that year's Checker Auto Parts 500, finishing 36th. Earnhardt attempted the 2003 Auto Club 500, but failed to qualify.